Morocco

When I saw this pattern on Google I thought it would be a good one to try.
I also thought it would be good for a napkin box cover.
I decided to use some recycled Douglas fir to see how it would look like in reality.
A couple of arithmetic mistakes yielded a much smaller pattern 9.5×9.5. That left 2 options open: A plaque or a box.
I went for the box. The napkin box cover will have to wait…

I called this box Moroco since the pattern itself is referred to as Moroccan pattern.

The build for the pattern is describe in these 2 blogs:
https://woodworkingweb.com/entries/265-intro-and-stock-preparation
https://woodworkingweb.com/entries/266-glue-up

The blog ended with the pattern being glue on a 1/8 thick piece of plywood.

I added some padauck to give it some contrast but mainly to increase the size to 10.5×10.5
That way I would endup with a box that is 4.5×4.5×3. the thickness is 5/16

through the drum sander:

I used Martyn (Britboxmaker) Easy Miter technique describe here:
http://lumberjocks.com/BritBoxmaker/blog/17048

The same process I used here on a different box.
https://woodworkingweb.com/entries/217-making-the-fence

Dimensions for the bottom parts

Same technique used then added some mittered pieces.

Wood used:
1- walnut (dowel)
2- Cherry (Dowel)
3- Douglas Fir (recycled)
4- Padauck (scrap)

Glue:
Yellow glue, Hot Hide Glue

I had fun and some frustration while building this box.
Overall I learn few new things from this project.

Woods: walnut cherry douglas fir padauk

Tools: drum sander

Tags: box walnut padauk cherry douglas fir

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Michal Bulla ...

I think it turns out great! This is not woodworking, this is art!

Mike40 ...

Wonderful work on this fantastic box Abbas. I love the pattern. Did you sand shade some of it, is that just the wood tones?

Brian ...

Wow it came out great. I zoomed in and saw a few small alignment issues but I know it’s tough working with fir on a project like this – it swells easily. Next time it will be perfect, I’m sure. And there should be a next time using all hardwood. Overall, very tight and excellent work. It’s very beautiful.

Thorreain ...

Fantastic! It would look fantastic as a tissue box cover I think.

JL7 ...

Wow, really great work Abbas! A nice tribute to Martyn’s unique box style.

lanwater ...

Thanks Michal!

Thanks Mike! It’s all the wood tone. I have not learned shading yet but I would do so during Christmas break.

Thanks Brian. They where actually quite a bit of alignment issues. The pattern had cupped overnight and that translated to the final product. Maybe the difference of humidity in the ply substrate vs the pattern. Maybe the the douglas fir I am not sure.
The Douglas fir proved to be a bad choice as it overpower the cherry. I chose it as I was not sure how to proceed with the pattern and did not want to waste “fancy” lumber. I am pretty low on material.

Thanks Thorreain! I plan to try that.

Thanks Jeff. You have been an inspiration too. Your work deviated quite a bit from the squarish cutting board and I wanted to do similar change.

shipwright ...

That came out really nice Abbas. I agree with you about the heavy grain in the D. Fir stealing the thunder from some of the other species but it’s all about learning and building the knowledge base for that next project, (you know, the one where you are finally going to get serious and stop experimenting). ……. :-)

Moment ...

J’admire votre obsession. C’est un trait merveilleux d’avoir, avec le travail comme celui-ci. Belle endeavor et achèvement mon ami !!

lanwater ...

Thanks Paul! I fully agree. Learning and acquiring experience is name of the game at this stage for me. The serious stuff will probably come later when I retire few years from now. So for now I need to glue up the other “experiment” that I have been putting off for 2 weeks :)

Merci Moment! ça fait plaisir.

Moment ...

C’est une chose la plus importante , be well . : )

lightweightladylefty ...

I followed your blog but can’t begin to imagine investing so much time. What patience! Your thinking on how to make the shapes is really outstanding, too!

L/W

lanwater ...

Thanks L/W. I borrowed some ideas from my friend Jeff (JL7). He “played” quite a bit with dowels.

Bentlyj ...

Pretty awesome box you created lanwater,
Nice work.

lanwater ...

Thanks Bently!

Britboxmaker ...

Been away for a while. Very good to see this one on my return. Brilliant box, Abbas. Your technique has come on really well.

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